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N12000 The Superior Enterprise Storage Center
  • Intel Xeon for Blazing Speed
  • Enterprise Size for Enterprise Tasks
  • SATA III and SAS 6G for Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds
  • High Availability (HA)
  • Rock-Solid Security
  • Block Level Accessibility via iSCSI


Media: Deep in it | Country: Czech

“We praise Thecus for trying to ensure maximum availability (redundant power, dual operating system/firmware on two flash memory, support for integration with UPS and the function of High Availability). All of these solutions get the user very well prepared...”

Media: Speicherguide | Country: Germany

“With a street price of less than 4,000€ and a five-year warranty, it represents a serious alternative in the SMB market.”

Media: TechWorld | Country: Sweden

“There are a number of modules with additional features that can be added to those already existing, especially in the case of the Thecus,..In Thecus's administration interface, Thecus would seem to have little more to offer than the Netgear. Add to that a wide range of modules that can be downloaded from the Thecus website. Good.”

Media: PC PRO | Country: UK

“By combining plenty of business related features with a decent server backup package, the N12000 moves Thecus into the big league for network storage. The 6Gbits/sec SAS drives deliver fine performance, it's 10-Gigabit ready and it looks [like a] good value too.”


  • Intel Xeon for Blazing Speed
    Harnessing the power of Intel’s Xeon X3470 processor and an overwhelming 8GB of cutting-edge DDR3 RAM, the N12000 can handle anything and everything at full speed. There are no bottlenecks or speed bumps.
  • Enterprise Size for Enterprise Tasks
    With a whopping 48 terabytes of data capacity, you’ll never go wanting again. No matter whether you are providing a public server for a massive workforce or compiling a company’s worth of HD video, your NAS will always be hungry for more.
  • SATA III and SAS 6G for Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds
    The N12000 features support for internal hard drives with SATA III and SAS 6G. This top-of-the-line connection transfers at speeds up to an amazing 6Gbit/s. It is also backwards-compatible with SATA II, so your old disks can be swapped in and out without a hitch.
  • High Availability (HA)
    For the first time, your data is completely free of delays in access. Regardless of the situation, HA actively keeps your data on two separate, identical NAS. If one needs maintenance, the other will dutifully rise to the occasion without as much as a blip in service. Whether rain, shine, or Armageddon, your data will always be there.
  • Rock-Solid Security
    The N12000 safeguards your data with all the RAID modes you could possibly need for an Enterprise server, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60, and JBOD. Changing damaged hard disks is also a breeze with its built-in hot-swap, hot-spare, online RAID migration and expansion, as well as auto-rebuild capabilities. And if you need even more protection, there is also AES 256bit RAID volume encryption available.
  • Block Level Accessibility via iSCSI
    Take the speed of iSCSI up a notch with block level access transfers. While most transfer protocols send huge files all in one piece, this function breaks down files in smaller chunks, increasing transfer speeds immensely.


With a firm foothold in the Enterprise NAS market, Thecus knew it was necessary to provide a NAS for every budget and every need, big or small. Thecus's track record of NAS from 2-bay up to 7-bay speaks for itself, with great reviews from sites such as Tom's Hardware, iXBT, SmallNetBuilder, and many more across the globe. With the release of the N16000 NAS for large enterprise and massive data storage needs, we quickly realized that there was a gap that needed to be filled, and the N12000 does just that.

Many leading businesses are making the switch from bulky, overpriced servers to comprehensive NAS solutions. These are innovative start-ups, established worldwide firms, and everything in between. No matter where your business is or where your plan is headed, there is a NAS solution from Thecus that fits your specific needs. The 12-bay N12000 is perfect for businesses making that leap from medium to large, domestic to international, and behind-the-scenes to household name. When you need speed, security, and data storage to satisfy your company now and when it doubles in size, the N12000 is your answer.

“Thecus is getting into the enterprise NAS market in a big way,” said Florence, General Manager of Thecus Technology. “Our large enterprise NAS are on the cutting edge of storage technology and offer the power and advanced security features that Thecus customers have come to expect.”

The N12000 features some of the most overwhelming hardware in the computing world. The Intel® Xeon® X3470 Quad-Core processor clocked at 2.93GHz is more than enough to quickly build massive RAID partitions, support hundreds of users, and blaze through massive data transfers at record speeds. To utilize this advanced hardware to its full extent, we've implemented a 64-bit operating system to make sure you get all the power that this machine is capable of. It also supports the next generation of hard drives with 6G SATA/SAS technology, so the fastest disks will always be at your disposal. All of this performance is for dealing with up to 48 Terabytes of data capacity across 12 disks, more than enough for the demands of even the largest businesses.

"With the Intel Xeon X3470 processors, storage companies are able to deliver intelligent and energy efficient NAS solutions," said David Tuhy, general manager, Intel Storage Group. "The accessibility of the processor enables consumers and small businesses to take advantage of advanced NAS features which include media streaming, file protection and digital content sharing locally or remotely.”

As an enterprise-class NAS, the N12000 needs to be on line and accessible at all times. High Availability (HA) is the most sophisticated system for keeping your data safe and within reach at all times. By running two parallel NAS, HA allows constant synchronization between the two. RAID can protect you from losing data, but HA protects you from even a momentary loss of access. The value of HA really becomes apparent when disaster strikes and one NAS experiences a problem; all traffic is channeled to the second NAS with no break in service or data loss whatsoever.From there it is a simple matter of hot-swapping out the damaged disks and letting your Thecus NAS automatically rebuild its RAID partitions; before you know it, you're back under the protective wing of HA. The N12000's cutting edge HA technology employs the best of both worlds to keep your business running smoothly, ingenuity and simplicity. This NAS fits the bill perfectly for companies taking that next big step.


1.Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor Intel® Xeon® Processor X3470(2.93GHz Quad Core)+Intel 3450 chipset
SAS/SATA controller (HBA), PCI-e (8-lane) LSI 2008 HBA card supports 6G SAS/SATA (x8)
System memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
LAN interface (PCI-e) RJ-45x3 : Intel 82574L 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB interface USB 2.0 host port x6 (front x2, back x4) (Type A)
USB 3.0 host port x2 (back x2)
eSATA External (back x1 )
OLED Displays system status and information (Multilingual)
LED indicator Power:(Blue)
System busy: (Yellow)
System alert : Redundant power or system fan failure (Red)
HDD 1-12 Activity/Fail (Green/Red)
PCI-e slots 8-lane (x3), One is used by SAS HBA
4-lane (x1)
1-lane (x1) used by CU30N (USB 3.0)
Power supply Redundant power supply least 700W or more
Disk interface 12 x SATA/SAS for internal,  support SATA II / SATA III hard disk
Thermal/Fan control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
CPU Fan control
System fan Hot Swappable (x4)
Buttons Power button(Front, power down controlled by S/W)
LCM button (ENT, ESC, UP, DOWN)
System reset button
Locator button
RS232 1 (For UPS)
Environment Temperature : 5°C to 40°C
Humidity : 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis 2U Rack Mount
Dimensions (HxWxD) 89 x 440 x 662 (mm)
Weight 26.39Kgs

2.Software Functions
RAID modes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
Dedicated hot spare Supported
Global hot spare Supported
SMART info Supported
SMART test Supported
Online RAID migration Supported
Online RAID expansion Supported
RAID volume encryption AES256bit
Power management Available spin-down while idle setting
Bad block scanning Supported
On-line disk roaming Supports roaming to other N12000 in volume based
Configuration Fixed IP Address, Dynamic IP Address,
IP sharing mode Can be enable/disabled
Transport protocols TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File protocols SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v3, AFP
Link aggregation 6 modes supported
10GbE NIC Supported
Data Access
Client OS support Windows XP and after
Windows Server 2003 and after
Mac OS X
Web disk Web-based file access
FTP Build-in FTP Server with bandwidth control 
Secure FTP Build-in secure FTP Server with  bandwidth control
Download manager (module) BT Download (Transmission module)
NZB download (NZB module)
Printer server (IPP) Supports USB printers
Supports IPP various printers
Client can manage print tasks  (list/delete) via web user interface
Data Backup
Client incremental data backup Acronis Backup and Recovery Server OEM for Windows (license x5)
Client system disaster recovery Acronis Backup and Recovery Server OEM for Windows (license x5)
NAS remote replication Dual mode in volume based
USB device copy to N12000 Controlled through LCM
Bi-directional USB copy (module) Supported
Block Level Access
iSCSI target Supports Microsoft/Mac/Linux initiator
iSCSI initiator For stacking with N5200/1U4500/N5500/N7700 series/N8800 series/N12000/N16000
iSCSI thin provisioning Configurable to virtual size 16TB
MPIO Supported
MCS Supported
Clustering Supported
SCSI3 persistent group reservation Supported
Power management
Scheduled power on/off Supported
Volume management
Multiple RAID Supported
Multiple file system selectable EXT3/EXT4/XFS
Multimedia Support
iTunes Server Supported File Types: AAC, MP3 w/ ID3 tag, WAV
Photo Web Server Supported File Types: GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP, PNG
Supports EXIF display
Supports slide shows
User Authentication
Local user Supports built-in user accounts
Local group Supports built-in user groups
Windows ADS Supported
File System
Type Journaling File System
Language support Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL) Read, Write, or Deny options on individual users or groups for sharing, sub-folders, and files
User quota Supported
Multi-lingual web-based administration Web-based server management interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese
Utility program MS Windows Setup Wizard, supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Mac OS X setup Wizard
Email notification Sends system messages via e-mail to system administrator
SNMP trap System information trap out
Dual DOM Supported
Web disk Supported
Recycling bin Supported
Web server (module) Supported
ISO mount Supported
User module Supported
IP cam surveillance (module) Supports up to 10 IP cams
HA (High Availability) Supported

Package Contents

Accessory Bag(with key) Ethernet Cable Power Cord Acronis True Image DVD
Universal CD QIG Warranty Card HDD Compatibility List Card
Sliding Shelves

How To

NAS 101

Connecting to your NAS

Backup and Data Security

Thecus TV

Thecus NAS for Large Business Solution

Discover iSCSI and how to use it with a Thecus NAS

This tutorial is separated in three parts. The first part will teach you what's iSCSI and how it can be used. The second and third part would be practical demonstration on iSCSI Target/Initiator. Only the second part requires a Thecus NAS!

Thecus® High Availability

For businesses, having constant access to their data is always of vital importance. High Availability (HA) is the most sophisticated system for keeping your data safe and within reach at all times. By running two parallel NAS, HA allows constant synchronization between the two.

Thecus's supersized N12000, N16000 serise and N8900 are equipped with the High Availability (HA) function. Find out more on Thecus TV, where Thecus shows how HA works on the example of Thecus's biggest N16000 NAS.